Chapter 25: Don’t Renounce the World, Renounce the Rubbish!
He is not a replica, not a repetition. He is a new song, a new dance, a new beginning, always and always.
But you are right that “seeing these extraordinary people on the planet, seeing them with this awareness makes me drop from my head to my heart.”
That’s a beautiful symbol. That is a great indication. If you can move from the head to the heart, you have attained something which society has been preventing. Society does not want you to be a man of heart. Society needs heads, not hearts.
I have never been anywhere.and I have been through many universities. I was visiting India’s greatest university, in Varanasi, and one of the most famous scholars, Doctor Hajari Prasad Dwivedi, was presiding at the meeting I was going to address. He was the head and the dean of the faculty of arts. I asked him, “Have you ever wondered why you are called the head, and not the heart?”
He said, “You always ask strange questions” - he was an old man, and now he is dead. He said, “In my whole life nobody ever asked, ‘Why are you called the head and not the heart?’” But he considered that although the question is very strange, “you have something significant in your question. You make me also wonder why people are not called the heart of the philosophy department - that will be more authentic, more essential - but they are called the head of the department of philosophy.”
Society is divided between head and hands. Have you noticed that laborers are called hands? Poor people working with their hands, manual workers, are called hands.and there are people above them who are called heads. But the heart is completely missing; nobody is called the heart.
It is immensely significant that you start feeling a stirring in your heart, because your heart is far more valuable than your head. Your head is all borrowed.it has nothing of its own. But your heart is still yours. Your heart is not Christian, your heart is not Hindu, your heart is still existential. It has not been corrupted and polluted. Your heart is still original, and it is a tremendously great quantum leap from the head to the heart.
Now one step more - from the heart to being - and you have arrived home, the pilgrimage is over. Nobody can come directly from the head to the being. They are strangers; they are not at all connected with each other. They are not even introduced. Neither your being knows anything about the head, nor your head knows anything about the being. They live in the same house but they are absolute strangers. Because their functioning is so different they never come across each other, they never encounter each other.